Connecticut Man Sent to Prison for 2020 Celebrity iCloud Hack

Connecticut man George Garafano has been sentenced to eight months in prison for his serve as throughout the 2020 iCloud hacks that spotted many well-known individual footage illicitly shared on the internet.

Garafano used to be accused of hacking the iCloud accounts of more than 200 folks over the method 18 months, in conjunction with a few celebrities.

According to the Hartford Courant, a federal judge in Connecticut ordered the eight month prison period of time, which may also be followed by means of three years of supervision after unencumber.

Garafano in April pleaded to blame to sending phishing emails to his victims posing as a member of Apple’s online protection group to obtain usernames and passwords. During the case, prosecutors discussed he traded the images that he stole with other hackers and may have presented a couple of of them to earn further income.

Prosecutors had argued that Garafano may have to serve 10 to 16 months in prison, while Garafano asked for a further lenient sentence of five months in prison followed by means of five months in space confinement.

Garafano, who used to be at school at the time, says he has already suffered for his serve as throughout the 2020 hacking event and has “cleaned up his act” for the explanation that hacking handed off.

There were an entire of four folks charged with breaking into the iCloud accounts of celebrities, in conjunction with Ryan Collins, Edward Majerczyk, and Emilio Herrera, in conjunction with Garafano. The other hackers have already been sentenced to prison words ranging from nine months to 18 months.

When plenty of nude well-known individual footage began leaking online in 2020, there used to be initial speculation that iCloud were hacked, then again following an investigation, Apple made up our minds that the accounts were compromised by means of susceptible passwords.

Apple has since made improvements to its iCloud protection by means of together with two-factor authentication to, introducing electronic mail signs when an iCloud account is accessed on the net, and requiring app-specific passwords for third-party apps that get admission to iCloud.
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